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COROT Exoplanet Astronomy Mission
21 March 2007
Mission passes In-flight Acceptance Review.
Accuracy estimates surpassed.

Mars Express successfully powers through eclipse season
26 September 2006
introducing a special, ultra-low-power mode nicknamed 'Sumo' - an innovative configuration aimed at saving the power necessary to ensure spacecraft survival.

Aurora - ExoMars
30 June 2006
to further characterise the biological environment on Mars in preparation for robotic missions and then human exploration.

Cassini-Huygens
15 September 2006
VIMS- Visual & Infrared Mapping Spectrometer - detects massive polar ethane cloud.

 

COROT telescope

COROT Exoplanet Astronomy

Mission passes In-flight Acceptance Review,
surpasses accuracy expectations

COROT, a 30cm space telescope, is the first capable of detecting rocky planets only a few times larger than Earth around other stars. The mission, launched in December 2006, completed its initial run on April 2, 2007. It now begins six months of observations towards the galactic centre of our Milkyway. The accuracy of the telescope's injection into its required orbit has led to a burn of only 8 grams of hydrazine from its maneuvering thrusters, which gives hope for an extended mission life-time. The mission is projected to last for 2.5 years.

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